Australian Foreign Minister Mr Downer was tickled pink that the "saga" was finally over, but "indicated that when Hicks is finally released from prison in Australia, security agencies are likely to keep a watchful eye on him."
"Given what our agencies believe they know about Hicks' background, they will obviously have an interest in him but that's all very hypothetical at this stage," he told Sky News.
Will the long haired beefed-up Hicks have a welcoming band of thousands of supporters when he steps back onto Australian soil?
We'll see, we'll see!
Update: "The images we've waited five years for" - reads a sub-headline on the front page of commuter rag mX this afternoon. There's a sane and intelligent sub-editor somewhere out there in the streets of Melbourne who believes that we've been waiting with worms-on-tongue for five years for a few drawings of David Hicks? Really?